The Magic Circle

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Penguin Young Readers Group, 1995 - Juvenile Fiction - 118 pages
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From the author of Zel, Stones in Water, and The Prince of the Pond.

Deep in the woods lives the old witch called Ugly One. All she wants is to forget--the she was once a loving mother and a healer, blessed and powerful within her magic circle, and not a witch, claimed by the devils. Then one day she hears the footsteps she dreads. Then real voices--children's voices. The Ugly One longs to take care of sturdy, sensible Gretel and her young brother Hansel. They are such good children, such delicious, beautiful children. But demons' voices scream in her head: "Eat them!" How can she? . . . How can she not?

"A brilliantly conceived and beautifully executed novel."--School Library Journal, starred review

"A work of great strength and powerful emotion, written with immediacy and intensity, filled with beauty and terror and pervading sense of compassion that must touch young and old."--Lloyd Alexander

An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
A Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

OMG. Resembles Grimm's version of the Hansel & Gretel story very little. About 2/3 of the very short novel tells how the witch became a hermit in a cottage made of candy. It's not a story of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lomilia - LibraryThing

This version of the famous story of Hansel and Gretel and their encounter with a candied house and the witch inside is told from the perspective of the witch. The novel begins with The Ugly One as a ... Read full review


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Donna Jo Napoli is the author of many books for children and young adults including, The Prince of the Pond, Zel, and Stones in Water. She has won numerous awards, including the Golden Kite Award and the Sydney Taylor Award for Stones in Water.

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